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Topic: Layman's (simple) question about Wiles, FLT and Taniyama-Shimura
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Re: Layman's (simple) question about Wiles, FLT and Taniyama-Shimura
Posted: Mar 16, 2002 10:52 AM
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Wiles proved the semistable case of Taniyama-Shimura which was enough to do
Fermat's last theorem
Ribet showed that a proof exited for the full Taniyama-Shimura in 1999,
finally being proved by Breuil, Conrad, Diamond & Taylor

so to your question

> In the broadest terms, would it be accurate to say that Andrew Wiles
> succeed in _proving_ the Taniyama-Shimura Conjecture


no

>or did he only
> prove, as Daney implies, a special _case_ of the Taniyama-Shimura?


yes, although 'only' is a probably not the right word!

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